While police transport in Philadelphia is a long-standing practice, and those few minutes saved may have also saved lives, Mechem believes it’s ideally not a model for other systems to emulate. "It frequently will result in trauma patients getting to the hospital more rapidly than if police waited for EMS to arrive," he says. "However, I feel it reflects the need for more resources to be put toward EMS to better fulfill its mission."
Still, the patients will always be there, even if the EMS resources aren’t. Other EMS systems may want to consider allowing police to transport penetrating-trauma victims if it can potentially save lives.